HILLIARD, Ohio - Roper Whitney of Rockford Inc. will be the official supplier of sheet metal fabricating tools to Rahal Letterman Racing.

The deal is a multiyear partnership with the open-wheel race teams.

"We are pleased to begin this partnership with Roper Whitney," said Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and founder of Rahal Letterman Racing. "Roper Whitney has been an industry leader in sheet metal fabrication for nearly a century. These are the kind of like-minded partners that we seek here at Rahal Letterman Racing."

"Roper Whitney is elated to be partnered with Rahal Letterman and their team of professionals. We look forward to the beginning of a wonderful relationship between our two great American companies," said Cindy VanderWaal, sales and marketing manager for Roper Whitney.

The Roper Whitney line of products includes more than 200 items, most of which are produced in the Rockford, Ill., facility. Products include fabricating machinery, punches and dies, and hand tools.